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sharpnose-shark

Atl. Sharpnose Shark

Rhizoprionodon terraenovae

Description: Long and flattened snout; white trailing edge of pectoral; black-edged dorsal and caudal fins, especially when young; may have small whitish spots on sides; furrows in lips at the corners of the mouth; outer margin of teeth notched; second dorsal fin originates over middle of anal fin; brown to olive-gray in color with white underside; slender body.

Similar Fish: Other carcharhinids.

Where Found: Inshore species, even found in surf; also common in bays and estuaries; adults occur offshore.

Size: Small species, 2 to 4 feet.

*Florida Record: n/a

Remarks: Mature adults between 2 and 2.75 feet long; 4-7 newborns range from 9 to 14 inches in length; adults feed on small fish and crustaceans.

Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles

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